Volunteer opportunity posted by: VSO
Posted on: December 7, 2012
Volunteer with VSO as a Deaf Movement Adviser based with Rwanda National Union for the Deaf (RNUD). 12 month placement starting as soon as possible.
It is estimated that there are over 21,000 deaf people in Rwanda, many of whom suffer from isolation and ignorance due to poor communication skills and low levels of deaf awareness. Deaf women in particular, facing the dual disadvantage of gender and disability discrimination, remain amongst the most vulnerable groups in society. The Rwanda National Union of the Deaf (RNUD) was established in 1989 to promote the human rights of deaf Rwandans by ensuring they have access to quality services in education and healthcare. Despite many initial successes and increasing deaf awareness, there remains significant scope to build on this foundation work. Working as a Deaf Movement Advisor, you will provide support to the RNUD by building capacity and developing legacy structures to help realise their vision.
What does the role involve?
Skills, qualifications and experience required
A relevant degree in the field of teaching or vocational training, plus fluency in sign language and experience of using it with the deaf community is essential. You should have practice in training and coaching deaf communities and experience in areas of management and administration appropriate to small businesses would be an advantage. You will need to be self-motivated and well-organised, with good networking skills and the confidence to create positive relationships in diverse cultures and working environments. You will need strong interpersonal and project management skills.
And the rest....
During your placement you'll be based at the RNUD office in Kigali, close to the VSO office. Kigali is the economic, cultural, and transport hub of Rwanda, with access to good services and amenities. We'll ask you to commit to 12 months to make a sustainable contribution to our development goals. In return, we'll give you comprehensive financial, personal and professional support. We'll provide you with extensive training before your placement, and our financial package includes a local living allowance, return flights, accommodation, insurance and more. When you return to your home country, we'll support you to resettle.